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DIY Outdoor Monogrammed Drop Cloth Pillow Project

by Al - April 5th, 2012.
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I am in the process of doing a mini make over on my back patio. I am planning to spending a lot more time out there doing hand embroidery – I have a few unfinished projects that I would like to complete.  I wanted to add some pillows to my patio chairs  – the plan is the more comfortable I am, the more I will get done:)

Monogrammed pillow

Outdoor canvass drop cloth pillow

 The Pillow Process

Out door pillows are relatively inexpensive – you can pick them up at any big box store for between $13 and $20.00. However, if you prefer not to have the same pillows as your neighbors, then you can easily whip one up.

Monogrammed 'm' Pillow

I had some pieces of canvas drop cloth left over from another project (I’ll tell you about that in another post). I decided to use them for my outdoor pillow project.

  • First I cut the drop cloth into 18 inch squares
  • I selected a font on my computer and printed it on 11 by 17 paper.
  • I used carbon paper to transfer the monogram to the fabric – I happen to have a large supply of carbon paper – I got them from an office that was going out of business.  You can pick them up at any office supply or craft store. They are sometimes called transfer paper.
  • I used color craft markers to outline the letters and then filled in the outlines with a contrasting  fabric paint.
  • To make the fabric water proof, I used Thermoweb Heat’n Bond Iron-On Vinyl. Follow the manufacturers instructions and apply the vinyl to the drop cloth.
  • Construct your pillow.

I like the look of lower case font – I think they look casual yet sophisticated.

Century Gothic Font

I like bold colors and choosing a large font – (I used 1200 font size) – made the monogram pop.

'w' Monogrammed Pillow

Notice the rose on the left side of the ‘w’? There was a flaw in the drop cloth – a silk ribbon carnation covered that right up. I was going to add flowers to the other pillows but I decided the single rose was more interesting.



7 Responses to DIY Outdoor Monogrammed Drop Cloth Pillow Project

  1. they’re perfect, and what an incredible gift they would make!

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  2. So cute! What a great idea. Enjoy your outdoor space this spring and summer!
    PS Saw you on TT&J

  3. I love this! Thanks for sharing such detailed instructions, I can’t wait to try this! Of course the “m” pillow is my favorite 🙂


  4. Love this! Do a mini-redo as well and thinking I could totally do this!

  5. Did you put the vinyl on the front or the back of the fabric? How much do the drop cloths cost?

  6. Great Questions, I put the vinyl on the back of the fabric. Drop cloth prices range from $5 to $20 depending on the size. I used the 9’x12′ drop cloth for my project I paid 19.95 at Walmart. – I made 4 chair covers as well. you can also purchase the plastic backed drop cloth from Home Depot etc.

  7. It looks really nice! I didn’t know you could make fabric waterproof on your own… That’s a pretty cool DIY. These letter pillows could also look nice in a living room or reading nook 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!!


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